Title Roxana. The Fortunate Mistress
Book Condition Very Good (Plus)
Jacket Condition Very Good
Edition First Thus
Publisher (New York) The Bibliophilist Society 1931
Illustrator John Alan Maxwell
Seller ID 004618
(New York): The Bibliophilist Society, 1931. First published in 1724, this was Defoe's final novel, in the same vein as his "Moll Flanders," written two years earlier. A popular 18th Century theme was the decline of a young woman into harlotry, allowing some moralizing along with titilation. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the First Edition Thus, an imprint by the "Bibliophilist Society." This publisher was active from 1929-1933, specializing in classic titles that were a bit risque. Often they were illustrated with slightly erotic artwork, as here. Black cloth binding, ruled, with orange titling on the spine. Clean text; 322 pages, with illustrated endpapers. There is no location given, but it is New York. Mild bumps; rubbed a bit on the bottom boards. The dustjacket mostly complete, with some large chips; it has separated at spine from the rear cover; Held together by an archival plastic protector.. First Thus. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/Very Good. Illus. by John Alan Maxwell. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition.